About Hersh's

Hersh's celebrates the foods of Italy and the craft of the American bartender. Our menu of fresh, ingredient-driven dishes includes rustic Italian small plates and award-winning housemade pasta, as well as Neapolitan pizza featuring housemade mozzarella and sausage. Our booze program focuses on vintage cocktails, craft brews and spirits and a tightly-edited wine list offering varietals you won't see every day. Come hungry, come thirsty and come often!

1843 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday: Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


Cross Street:
Wells Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(443) 438-4948

Website:
http://www.hershspizza.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary garage parking is offered on Friday and Saturday nights.

Executive Chef:
Josh Hershkovitz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Hersh's Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for a Date (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Local Ingredients (15)
Fun (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Casual (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Cozy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Romantic (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Seasonal (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great Beer (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Pumpkin gnocchi was literally awesome; salads were great and tiramisu is worth it!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

I had never been to Hersh’s but came here for my birthday dinner. I wasn’t disappointed. The atmosphere was comfy and cozy and the pizza was delicious.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Simply awesome! Every time I go it's transcendently good!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful wait staff. The manager was very helpful.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was outstanding.
Don't know why they took us to the 2nd floor even though there were a lot of space on the first floor. My friend had to carry her suitcase upstairs and they seated us in the most corner place possible too.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 27, 2017

1st time dining at Hersh's. Was very excited about the chance. I really like the menu. Simplicity of dishes leaves little place to hide errors in execution or preparation. It was a very good 1st visit. Service was not invasive but very attentive. We were left to our conversation and eats. The ravioli was simply spectacular. We decided that next time we would each order as it is too good to share. Pizza was satisfying, but our server accurately asserted that the homemade pasta was the real star of the show. Wine prices were very competitive and we enjoyed a bottle of Rioja.
I very much look forward to the next opportunity to dine there!!!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Hersh's always delivers. Both the food & the service were exceptional. If you are dining with kids, they are great at accommodating special requests.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Epic meal. Such skill and creativity. The ravioli are a tour de force.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything here is amazing all the time! The new smoked brisket melted in my mouth.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food from salad to pizza to pasta to dessert. Yum

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice, simple menu and the food is always amazing. It took a little long to get our food and drinks this time around, which was surprising because it was also slow for a Saturday. The food is still worth the wait - really delicious and currently our favorite Baltimore restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always delicious. I think that this is the best wood fired pizza in baltimore. My husband gets bent out of shape that you have to cut it yourself but I'm the one who does it anyways and it's not that hard! The crust is nice and thin and delicious. The happy hour deals are great and the desserts are great as well. It's a little loud so if you're going with noise sensitive folks, you may want to sit outside. Otherwise it's a fun atmosphere with delicious and reliable delicious food and service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great Beer
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 2, 2017

As always, first class. Each time we visit, there is an item that becomes our new favorite. Be sure to try an appetizer and order a few pizzas and pastas for the table so all can try. Love that entrees are served in two sizes. Be sure to order ice cream and the doughnuts for desserts!

And, to the bougie woman sitting at the next table who claimed that the carbonara was "not like I have had it before"...that's because YOU have never had it prepared authentically. Hersh's prepares carbonara as my born & raised in Rome uncle prepares it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 1, 2017

On a Sunday, it was very difficult to find parking (ended up a few blocks away) and the friend who was supposed to join us said he drove around for 15-20 minutes then gave up and went home. The place is great if you live in the neighborhood and can walk or go on Fri-Sat when there's supposedly free parking (but we couldn't see where). The octopus was outstanding and the pizza crust divine.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Loved our experience! Excellent food, so fresh and creative! Great service, friendly and on point. Great casual decor, puts you at ease, great vibe!
They really care about their customers, everything is made fresh from scratch, like pasta, sauces and ricotta. You can really taste the difference!
Great overall experience! Loved it! And highly recommend!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food, great service, great setting! Will definitely be back. So happy to have this gem in the neighborhood!

Tags: Seasonal, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fun, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Yummy pizza. Great service. It was annoying that you had to cut your own pizza, but overall loved it and would go back.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Solid date spot. The ravioli was all the rave and it surpassed expectations. The pizza was even better though!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

A great hidden gem of a restaurant. It's in a quiet neighborhood so the outside seating is not noisy with traffic. I've been there a couple of times and the service was great each time - friendly and efficient. The food was very good, interesting and based on what's in-season fresh.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I have visited Hersh's at least once a month for the last four months, and I have never been let down. It is a great little South Baltimore gem. The atmosphere is great, the staff is great, and most importantly - the food is delicious. The pasta always tastes fresh, and the pizza is cooked perfectly. Our last visit was for a birthday, and I wrote a small note on the reservation wondering if there was a way to have a small surprise during our dinner - Hersh's delivered. I'm sure I will be back very soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This little neighborhood place has a huge imagination for delicious, creative food and refreshing cocktails, served by attentive and friendly staff. I love the chewy, oven blistered , edges of the very thin pizzas, all of their short list of salads...I haven't had anything I don't love! Sometimes it can get loud when crowded.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had an excellent dinner. Our terrific server recommended a tomato appetizer that was excellent as was the salad with goat cheese and hazelnuts. The pizza was perfectly prepared . Ingredients were tasty and the crust crunchy. If you see the doughnuts with corn on the desert menu, they are a must. Just fantastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Always consistent : terrific craft cocktails, amazing healthy salads, unique and flavorful pizzas, superior service. A Baltimore gem!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Love the pizzas and the cocktails. Great atmosphere and free parking on the weekends? Pretty nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

My first bad experience at Hersh's. My wife and I brought another couple here for their first visit; we gave the place quite a buildup. We had made reservations, and were placed in the upstairs room, where we'd never been seated previously, but we thought, well, this is Hersh's, so it's probably pretty nice. When we were seated, the room was very loud and full of families with very lively young children, but it was early (about 6:15 pm), so we figured they'd clear out shortly and we could converse over our meals without having to shout. Never happened. Throughout our meal, more and more families with kids kept showing up. I'm puzzled and disappointed that Hersh's would stick four adults in a room that is evidently their version of a child care center.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

very nice night out with family. Our server was attentive, kind and not overbearing which allowed us to have good conversation, and her recommendation for the Ravioli was spot on.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was very good and the service was outstanding. The crab pancake was excellent and the pizza's were very good. The only complaint was we had a clam entrée and the clams were a little gritty. Otherwise, the dish was excellent.

Tags: Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great food. Ravioli is amazing. Our waitress was excellent

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Everything was fantastic!!! And the caboose on the bartender Ali would not quit!!! Yowza!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Fabulous kale salad and pizzas. Will definitely come back and try brunch as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

This is our new favorite place! The salads are incredible the pizza is so authentic and the wine and service is second to none! We make it a point to go at least once a week now, it's amazing - it's hidden away on a side street but parking is always available. Friday and Saturday nights- I can park at fed of the blind. Sunday night- street parking is easy!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great experience after a day of bike riding. Ali was our server and she was a totally wonderful addition to the evening, making helpful meal suggestions as well as movie reviews! Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Can't wait to go back! All the food looks amazing and what we ordered (pizza, beets, and shrimp) wad delish!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 29, 2017

This neighborhood gem is a must go to spot. They offer a wide variety of pizzas, pastas, vegetarian options, and eclectic cocktails. The staff is friendly and attentive. They are also willing to accommodate for food allergies. One of the top restaurants in Federal Hill. Good for any occassion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Always a nice experience, some of the other diners were a bit on the loud side....celebrating, would have appreciated it if the host had seated my wife, she was told he couldn't seat her until the entire party arrived! Not a big deal, but did set a tone of sorts

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 19, 2017

I love Hersh's...... This is a great neighborhood restaurant/bar where you're bound to run into people you know. By the way, the food is consistently good as is the service!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great service, inventive recipes, and wonderful pizza--we love this place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Fantastic food. The soft crabs were outstanding and a good size. Restaurant was busy but a table was ready for the five of us when we arrived. Service and manager were very engaging and really made us feel welcomed.

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